Released: 2000, Dream Catcher
Reviewer: Nathan Robinson
The old logo is back! So you know right from the start things on this album are going to be different. And they sure are. And you could only expect it too, because too many people criticized them for making the same album three times in a row with Diatribes, Inside the Torn Apart, and Words from the Exit Wound, not to mention all of the hype surrounding Shane and Jesse’s deathgrind assault Lock Up. So what am I saying? I am saying that Enemy of the Music Business is the band’s most extreme effort since 1994’s Fear, Emptiness, Despair (their best album in my opinion). Napalm Death retains many of the musical elements explored on albums like Diatribes, but the album as a whole is faster, more intense, and angrier. Blast beats are back and plentiful! These guys have always been very effective at writing the best riffs to back blast beats with, and the same goes for this new album. Listen to the layers of riffs behind the blast in the opening track “Taste the Poison”! Reminds me of the intense thickness of Strapping Young Lad. “Next on the List” has some very infectious and disturbing melodies combined with a resurrected F.E.D. drum beat. Fucking ruling! And you know a song’s going to be great when it opens with a blast beat and Barney belching out “die!!!!!” Such is the case with “Constitutional Hell”. How that brings back memories of the good ol’ days! “Volume of Neglect” brings on the riffs of pure anguish, sounding like an unreleased track from the F.E.D. days! The Napalm boys reach even further back in time with “Can’t Play, Won’t Play”, a song filled with blast beats and face-stabbing riffs, bringing to mind 1992’s Utopia Banished, and also through “C.S. (Conservative Shithead) Part 2” (the first part appeared on 1987’s Scum). Through fourteen songs these guys waste no time in getting their political-tinged messages across. Enemy of the Music Business is probably the band’s most dynamic and energetic album to date, and contains no filler material!
For all I care, these guys could make the same album over and over again and I’d still love them to death. But it is great to hear Napalm Death out to just crush everyone once again with some truly pummeling death metal. One thing I admire most about this band is that still, to this day, I have not heard one other band that sounds like them (with the exception of some of their member’s side projects). This is a testament to guitarists Mitch Harris, Jesse Pintado, and Shane Embury’s abilities to write some unique death metal. This band rules, and I couldn’t be more happy with this album! Fuck, I need to see these guys when they play here again. Come on over guys, and bring The Haunted with you! Check out the only decent Napalm Death site I can find here: http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Zone/2453/main.html
You can also visit their label’s site at: http://www.dreamcatcher-records.com